The Hush Sound‘s new video for “Medicine Man” can be seen below.
The Hush Sound‘s new video for “Medicine Man” can be seen below.
Fall Out Boy have announced their upcoming album, Folie A Deux, will be released on November 4th, 2008. The band has posted a new mixtape available for free download on friendsorenemies.com/falloutboy featuring brand new songs from Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is…, The Cab, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Panic At The Disco, The Hush Sound and A Rocket To The Moon.
Don’t bother rechecking the artist of the Goodbye Blues album, this new sound is indeed The Hush Sound. Lovers of Like Vines (2006) and So Sudden (2005) may be shocked by what they hear–or who they do not hear. Greta Salpeter noticeably carries the album, singing lead in 9 out of the 13 tracks with Bob Morris, Darren Wilson, and Chris Faller sinking into a rhythmic chant in the background. Aside from the plethora of estrogen, The Hush Sound have also adopted a darker and sassier tone, thanks to the primarily minor tonality, and are noticeably more emotionally connected and confident with their songs than ever before.
While fans will be surprised to find that they have altered their style, they will also appreciate the immense maturity and depth heard in the instrumentation. Salpeter’s voice has lost its airily sweet tone from Like Vines, and now resembles that of Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple. Although two very large names to measure up to, she exceeds expectations with her sultry, bluesy flavored vocals and soulful piano ballads. She sets the haunting tone for the rest of the album with “Intro”, but no other songs seep with such sincerity and heart-wrenching passion as “Hurricane.” Although her range has undeniably expanded, she does occasionally push her voice to resemble a genre that it simply is not. Bob Morris thankfully leads as well, yet all three songs have the same theme and tone. Starting with “As You Cry”, a blunt break-up song, Morris croons two more teenage angst numbers with the same lyrics of insensitivity towards the same lyrical ex-girlfriend. However moody these are, they provide a refreshing change from heavy Salpeter songs and highlight his musical maturity.
Although the album mainly consists of brooding vocals, it does have its share of upbeat songs. “Medicine Man” stands out from the album as the most mainstreamed and has been featured in commercials for the hit TV show “House”, yet the first ragtime feel appears in “Love You Much Better”, where vocals spring energetically over the show tune piano and cadenced clapping. “Molasses” is another relief from the others, yet there’s no milk and sugar to be found in this song with Salpeter sassing her way through the melody of swanky backings and lyrics. “The Boys are Too Refined” has Salpeter competing against “the boys” and their electric guitar slides, and portrays obvious promiscuity with her sultry vocals of “And if the timing is right / to sneak off into the night / I’ll let myself to be taken just for the thrill.” This is just one of the songs in which Salpeter displays her subtly increased sexuality, adding a new deflowered flavor missing from the previously chaste albums.
Have an open mind while listening to Goodbye Blues, as it may take a few tries before the rich songs do not leave you with a melancholy feeling. This underrated band may have taken a different path than expected, but hopefully it is one that will result in the recognition it deserves. So Sudden and Like Vines were the cautious young albums of wistful and poppy lyrics, seemingly searching for something. Whatever they were looking for, they definitely found it in Goodbye Blues.
3. Medicine Man
4. The Boys Are Too Refined
6. As You Cry
7. Six (Interlude)
9. That’s Okay
10. Not Your Concern
11. Love You Much Better
12. Hospital Bed Crawl
13. Break The Sky
The Hush Sound‘s new video for “Honey” can be seen below.
Tickets for the 2008 Honda Civic Tour featuring Panic At The Disco, Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound, and Phantom Planet are currently on pre-sale at hondacivictour.com. More tickets will be going on sale on February 16th. New dates are being added as some shows sell out, check out all the dates and on-sale dates below.
April 10 Warfield San Francisco, CA Sold out
April 11 Warfield San Francisco, CA On sale now*
April 12 Soma San Diego, CA On sale now
April 13 Mesa Amphitheatre Phoenix, AZ On sale now
April 15 Brady Theatre Oklahoma City, OK February 16
April 17 Thomas Assembly Center at Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA February 16
April 18 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX On sale now
April 19 Stubb’s BBQ Austin, TX February 16
April 20 Verizon Wireless Theatre Houston, TX On sale now
April 22 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL On sale now
April 23 The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre Miami, FL On sale now
April 24 House of Blues – Orlando Orlando, FL On sale now
April 26 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA On sale now
April 29 House of Blues- Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC February 16
April 30 Constitution Hall Washington DC On sale now
May 2 Alfond Arena at the University of Maine Orono, ME February 15
May 3 RPI Field House Troy, NY February 15
May 6 Gordon Fieldhouse – Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY February 16
May 7 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY Sold out
May 8 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY On sale now*
May 9 Festival Pier Philadelphia, PA On sale now
May 10 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT On sale now
May 11 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA On sale now
May 13 Metropolis Montreal, QC February 16
May 14 The Sound Academy Toronto, ON On sale now
May 16 Tower City Amphitheatre Cleveland, OH February 16
May 17 PromoWest-Outdoor (LC Pavilion) Columbus, OH February 16
May 18 Egyptian Room at Murat Centre Indianapolis, IN February 16*
May 20 The Fillmore Theatre Detroit, MI On sale now
May 23 Congress Theatre Chicago, IL On sale now
May 24 Congress Theatre Chicago, IL February 16*
May 25 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI February 16
May 27 Myth Minneapolis, MN On sale now
May 30 The Pageant St. Louis, MO On sale now
May 31 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha, NE February 16
June 1 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO February 16
June 3 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO On sale now
June 4 Salt Air Theatre Salt Lake City, UT February 16
June 6 PNE Forum Vancouver, BC February 16
June 7 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA February 16
June 8 Portland Exposition Center Portland, OR February 16
June 10 Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, NV February 16*
June 13 The Pearl Las Vegas, NV February 16
June 14 The Theatre at the Honda Center Anaheim, CA February 16